Exactly one week ago, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up to help one of the saddest cases they had ever seen. Matteo had been alone and suffering for an extended period of time. Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the non-profit rescue, who often takes in the most critical cases of neglect, abuse and suffering introduced the heartbreaking case:
“Clearly Matteo has been alone and suffering for a very long time and is in critical condition. His skin is cracked so badly, it’s peeling off; safe to say, that he was at the end of the road and on his last days without our intervention. …after rescuing him yesterday from the streets of Dallas Texas in an area where many dogs are trying to survive on their own, fighting for their lives, with no food, water or shelter. Thanks to Leslie, a fearless rescuer, who was able to capture him and his mate, Pablo who was in slightly better condition.”
And on Thursday afternoon, Leslie cried. Matteo passed away peacefully in his sleep, but everyone who met him or read about his story had hoped he would survive. Tragically, it was an uphill battle; the damage had been done. He had suffered for years and no one cared, but for one week (and dogs live for the day), Matteo was pampered, loved and adored.
“I wanted to see his after pictures. Know what color hair would grow. I wanted to see him fight off everything he had, every ounce of neglect and abuse and overcome. I always thought his spirit was stronger than his body, but I was wrong. He was too far out and died overnight.
He loved car rides, loved staring out of every window no matter what. He was already potty trained. He made a great dog, we just didn’t make humane people.”
Photos courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuayla. Rest in peace sweet dog.
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Posted by Leslie Ysuhuaylas on Thursday, December 8, 2016