The dice had been stuffed into a cage, dumped in a yard, and left behind. He wouldn’t have survived if no one had spotted the 3-year-old pit bull mix – but luckily he was.
In early November, officers were handing out eviction notices in an area of Fort Lauderdale when youths alerted them to Dice, who was sitting in a cage outside an abandoned residence.
The tenants moved out and left him in a cage in the backyard with no food or water, according to Tracey Godin, co-founder of Feeling Fine Rescue in Loxahatchee, Florida. “Of course, the cops asked the kids how long the dog had been there, and they said he had been there for at least a week.”
Dice, on the other hand, have probably been ignored for much longer.
“For months he was not fed enough,” Godin said. “The last degeneration would have occurred the previous week.”
Cops contacted animal control, who took Dice to a nearby shelter. Dice walked in and was photographed by Godin’s friend, a volunteer at the shelter. Godin was surprised and heartbroken when she received her boyfriend’s photos.
“It took your breath away,” Godin said. “I didn’t know how he was still alive. Tears immediately came to my face. »
Godin and his daughter Micaela released Dice from the shelter the next day and took him to the vet.
Godin added, “He couldn’t walk more than 5 or 6 feet without falling.” “We were in the vet parking lot, and he couldn’t hold his weight and fell as he took a step up the sidewalk.” He wasn’t going to live, I thought.
She went on to say, “He was 30 pounds, but he should have been 65 pounds.” “He was dehydrated and anemic,” says the doctor. His skull was visible and there was no muscle mass in his body. His eyes were sunken into the back of his head. He wouldn’t have survived if he had been in that cage any other day, in my opinion.
Dice went to Feeling Fine Rescue, which Godin and his daughter run from their home after he was well enough to leave the clinic. They were both stunned by Dice’s quick recovery.
“He gained 10 pounds in a week,” Godin added. “Within a week, he had gained 40 pounds. He weighed 50 pounds two weeks later and 65 pounds over the weekend. You might notice a difference in the dog every day.
Dice also started to smile, making his face shine with happiness.
“It’s truly amazing how a dog can endure so much at the hands of people, and…be immediately ready to love and trust new people,” Micaela Godin told The Dodo. “From the minute we met Dice he has been the most affectionate dog. He has an amazing personality.”
Dice’s good fortune continued. He attracts the attention of a family who hopes to acquire a third dog at the end of December.
“As soon as they saw him, they fell in love with him,” recalls Tracey Godin. “They came to see him several times. They asked if they could have a meet and greet with their two current dogs on their property.
Dice not only got on well with the two other dogs in the family, but he also bonded with their two small children upon meeting. Dice was placed with the family in a foster care arrangement two weeks later.
However, a few days later, the family decided that Dice should stay.
“They called me last night and said, ‘We’re more in love with him than when we met him, and we’d never like to bring him back,’ Tracey Godin said. “I was crying because this family is amazing…and I don’t think Dice could have gone to a better home.
As for Dice, he seems to know how much he has it now.