A German shepherd, recently deemed “aggressive,” has been rescued from a Florida animal control agency. The behavior of the dog, who has since been dubbed “Charlie,” nearly resulted in his death – he was going to be put down, but his pitiful condition, including a body teeming with maggots, instead prompted a veterinarian with the agency to reach out to an area rescue group for help.
On Monday, Elissa Powers, with SHARE: Shepherd Help and Rescue Effort, recounted Charlie’s life or death situation:
This evening i received a call from Dr. Serrano at shelter about a dog that was very aggressive and if we didn’t take him she would put down for the safety of her staff. They didn’t have the means to care for him. He had large open necrotic wounds filled with maggots. We are hoping his aggression is from the pain.
Charlie is at a veterinary hospital receiving I.V. fluids and care for his badly infected body. His rescuers are hopeful that his aggression is the result of pain, not a bad temperament.