Her name was “Paige,” and this week, she was pulled from a busy animal control agency in New York where she was scheduled to be put down. Judging by Paige’s pitiful body – life was neither easy, nor good. It is unlikely that she spent a day of her life knowing the touch of a kind hand, the taste of quality food, or the comfort of a soft bed.
Paige was whisked away from her nightmarish past by Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs – the rescue agency rushed her to a veterinarian for critical, life-saving treatment.
Paige was found to be suffering from Cushings Disease – untreated, the sickness caused Paige’s abdomen to distend, her skin to become infected and her immune system to deteriorate. While her immune system was greatly compromised, pneumonia took hold during her stay at the animal control agency.
The rescue group did their utmost for Paige – she was provided with round-the-clock veterinary care at a veterinary hospital and showered with more attention than she had likely ever seen in her life. In the end, disease and weakness won out over effort, hope and love.
On Friday, the rescue group broke the tragic news of Paige’s passing to Facebook followers, “Paige has crossed the rainbow bridge and I’m sitting here trying to process my thoughts as I write this.”
When her “owner” dumped her at the ACC she immediately contracted whatever was in the air. Pneumonia is dangerous in a healthy dog, in Paige’s physical state, it became treacherous. She was unable to fight off the virus compounded with all of her additional ailments. Her heart could not withstand the fight she needed to generate and at about 11 AM this morning she peacefully passed.
Paige finally knew the kindness, love and tenderness which she had been denied for too long. The rescue group wrote, “I loved her. I loved the moments we shared. The way she knew “Good girl” and responded by looking not just at me, but into me. Paige touched my soul.”
In the end, it was strangers who loved Paige – strangers who rose up to support her needs and it was strangers who are mourning her passing. Rest in peace sweet girl.
(Photos via Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs)