Cookie – Given Away and Then Dumped

3/15/16- She was given away to a relative because her previous owner could no longer care for her. The relative kept her for 3 months, and then decided to dump her in a school parking lot. This dog didn’t realize she was being dumped and left on the street, so she followed the relative to another family member’s home nearby. That family member had this dog for 1-3 weeks and claimed they couldn’t get her to eat. Last night when the call came into the emergency vet hospital, the story was that a stray dog had appeared on this person’s porch 3 weeks ago and “it is now dying”. The hospital offered to see the “stray dog” and assess her current state. The family members that brought her in strongly smelled like Marijuana. They set her on the exam table. She was very thin, twitching, and off balance. It is possible that she was exposed to a drug or unknown toxin, but she did not appear to be dying. 

That is when the story kept changing, and finally, what we now assume to be the truth, was told. We were able to get the owner to surrender the dog to 4 Paws 1 Heart so that we could try to save this little lost soul. That’s the best outcome for this very sweet girl who did not deserve this. It literally breaks my heart every single day, and when I held this little 12 pound life in my arms I didn’t want to let her go. She was wagging her tail at the slightest bit of attention given to her. She refused food and hung her head low when placed in a cage. I promised her a good life from now on…I told her that she will be ok now…and that we will make sure she is loved and treated right for the rest of her life.

I’m putting this story out here for awareness because the reality is that animals are getting thrown away. We can get upset and judge the previous family all day long, but at the end of the day this 7 year old dog is starting her life over. Her world is upside down and she has no idea nor is she holding a grudge. We can just be thankful that she found her way to our organization.

I would like to close by saying that I do not enjoy asking our supporters for donations, but this is another example of where your dollars are going and why we need you so much. This girl needs medical care that will consist of supportive care and surgery. I estimate it will cost between $600-$1000. Please consider helping her today even if you say a small prayer.
Thank you, Gina

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