Here is Laura’s memorial to the boy she took such good care of and loved. – diana
“Mutts Of Motown
For many years, we had a dog named Charlie who we called Chuckie sometimes. I feel that now his whole story should be told. He came to rescue after being used for bait (I’ll spare you the photos). Not to us but another rescue. He received blood transfusions from another rescue dog who was his angel. He got adopted to a man and lived with him and another male dog. All his shots were kept up to date. One day, the landlord entered Charlie’s home unannounced and illegally. Charlie protected his home, as many dogs would. Animal control was called. The landlord should have been charged with illegal entry and trespassing but he wasn’t. Charlie was not given the option to do the bite hold at home (which is the norm) but instead he was dragged out on a control stick and taken to the county shelter. There he was kenneled between two large intact males. I know that because I saw them. I found out that he had no out time and I believe he was in his kennel while they cleaned it because they had labeled him aggressive because he protected his home and his owner. When the bite hold was up, there was a fee to get him out, and by then his owner was living in his van with his other dog due to the landlord illegally evicting him. Since he couldn’t take care of Charlie anymore, the return contract would hold that rescue responsible to go get him, and usually shelters work with rescue on fees which would have been great…..except…..they left him there. And there he sat. For almost a month. Those bitches just left him there. Of course an evaluation in there would do nothing since the people who work there all look the same as the idiot that drug him out of his home.
Some friends who supported us back then had paid for his vet bills the first time he was rescued and asked us to give him a chance and we did. Sadly the system caused him more issues than being a bait dog did. He was online as experienced handler only, and privacy fence required but he never trusted men after I went and got him out of that kennel.
I have some bad news. Our Charlie started limping a few months ago. Because our vet had closed, we took him to a new place (still looking for a decent vet) and we got an exray and while we were there he got pretty aggressive. Luckily I was holding him and he was muzzled. They said he had bone cancer in his back leg. I knew from experience that we could amputate but the cancer would return in a few months to a year so I decided to show him a good time. A few days ago, the heavy pain meds I was giving him pretty much stopped helping and I made some calls but this drive through vet service wasn’t right for him or me. I was able to get a very expensive house call vet who came pretty far to put him down in the backyard. I’d tranquilized him before he got there and he’s gone now. It makes me sad what happened to him from animal control taking him out of his home, to the unnecessary situation at the shelter, to the other rescue leaving him there, etc. Because of all of that, I buried him in the backyard where he always knew he was safe. He was the fiercest protector and although he had issues (that he came by honestly) he was a good boy and a lot of fun. I suppose since all our remaining dogs are older and have issues, this will continue but that is one reason I wanted to stop intake a few years back. We’re really going to miss him.
4/14/21 – RIP Sweet Charlie – It was April, 2011 when Charlie first came into our lives at only 8 months old. He was found on a porch in a nearby City, obviously used as a bait dog and then discarded when he was no longer of use. He had severe infections all over his body and joints, bed sores, internal bleeding, and bronchitis. He was brought into the emergency where Gina worked at the time and after 4 1/2 hours of surgery and getting a transfusion from Gina’s, Angel, Charlie recovered and he was taken in by a rescue who offered to take him in. Charlie was adopted out and we all thought his life would change for the better but unfortunately, although he may have been loved for a short while, the adopted home turned out to be not the best. As described in the Mutts of Motown post I’ve shared, Charlie couldn’t catch a break. But I had no idea all of what went on until I read a post from the rescue advising that Charlie was to be euthanized at the shelter. I immediately contacted the rescue as I felt they were obligated to save Charlie but the rescue refused and that was the last time we ever had anything to do with that rescue. Then began the days of calling on everyone I knew (and that wasn’t much in those early days) in my attempt to save Charlie. Finally, it was Laura of Mutts of Motown who stepped up and together with her, the shelter Chief, and a few other friends who got Charlie out of death row and the horrible, frightening environment he had been experiencing. We can’t thank Laura enough for giving Charlie the love and respect he so much deserved. – diana
4/12/21 – Important information from Gina regarding Leptospirosis. – diana
Warning to all pet owners..
A local veterinary hospital has recently seen multiple cases of Leptospirosis which has prompted me to make this post. Bruno and Enzo are of those few and both dogs are receiving medical care.
All 3 positive dogs were vaccinated for Leptospirosis and still contracted the disease, but without the vaccine chances are their prognosis could have been much worse. If dogs are overdue for their annual vaccine they should be boostered for protection.
Leptospirosis is a disease that is caused by a bacteria shed in the urine of rodents and wildlife. It can also be spread to humans. In Michigan, reported cases are increasing every year in Macomb, Wayne, and Oakland Counties.
The route of transmission is commonly from a dog coming into contact with the bacteria after drinking from outdoor water bowls, puddles, pool water, eating grass, having open cuts/sores, etc. Rats tend to be more populated in areas where there is dog feces, so it is important to always keep your yard clean.
Please talk to your veterinarian about protecting your pet and read up on the symptoms and signs associated with this very serious, time sensitive, disease.
According to Oakland Veterinary Referral Services and Emergency Hospital, about 75 % of cases are seen in unvaccinated puppies. Treatment and diagnostics can cost an average of $2,000 to over $6,000 for a sick dog.
I am posting a couple resources below.
3/30/21 – Another Happy Update. Kira’s owner had died and the family scheduled her to be euthanized. When the granddaughter found out she contacted a rescue who agreed to take her in. The rescue found that Kira had a tumor, needed teeth cleaning, and a general well check. They contacted us to help. Well, Kira had her surgery (see previous postings) and although it was a little tough going but she recovered. And now she has been adopted. Look at the difference between the now and earlier photos when she was first rescued. We Wish Kira many happy years with her new family. – diana
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3/26/21 – Jose had been found rummaging through a large trash receptacle and has been in the care of a person who often comes across animals used in dogfights or discarded once overused for breeding. A couple of days ago Jose and another rescue were involved in a scuffle and Jose’s ears, jaw, and side of he face was severely injured. Jose was taken to our partner emergency hospital where all of his wounds were treated. Unfortunately, no matter how much care a human may take with an animal, situations like this can happen. There has been a significant discussion with the rescuer/foster in that this was an expensive medical bill which could have been avoided. Anyone who decides to rescue must eventually be prepared to pay medical expenses. But this once abused dog needed help and we chose to be there for him. – diana