Amigo, too weak to stand

Emaciated, sickly German shepherd too weak to stand

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When a German shepherd, dubbed “Amigo,” was first found, he was so emaciated and weak that he could not stand. According to Maria Dales, with the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County, the ailing shepherd was found in Mexico and then moved to California where he could get life-saving help.


Amigo is suffering from a wide variety of maladies – all signs point to long term neglect which have left his body in shambles. Amigo is anemic, covered in fleas and ticks, his jaw is infected, nails long and he may be suffering from one or more tick-borne diseases.

Currently, Amigo is being treated with antibiotics and pain medication by a veterinarian in Anaheim Hills – when he is strong enough (and has gained much needed weight) he will need to undergo surgery on his badly infected jaw.

Ailing shepherd


Eventually, after this badly neglected shepherd has recuperated from the most significant of his ailments, he will be able to join a foster home to continue growing stronger and learning what it means to be part of a loving household.

According to Dales, a foster home is still being sought for Amigo – somewhere that this malnourished dog can recover and grow stronger.

If you are interested in making a donation towards Amigo’s veterinary care, you can do so at this link to the rescue agency. Anyone interested in fostering can click here to complete an application with the rescue group.


10 replies
  1. Shelly R Berchem (Pinks) says:

    Thank you for taking AMIGO into your rescue. I just donated via Pay Pal. GOD SPEED TO A MORE HUMANE LOVING WORLD OF HUMANS! Praying and sharing for donations and healing and a foster or adopter that will LOVE, CHERISH AMIGO… AND KEEP HIM SAFE AND STRONG!

  2. Debbie Rojas says:

    Please keep us posted on Amigo’s progress. God Bless all involved in saving, caring for & loving these beautiful intelligent creatures of God. I am a best friend to two GSD.

  3. Jb Dean says:

    The last time I was in Mexico was over 18 years ago. I was in Tecate (where the beer is made) and the stray dog situation was so horrific I’ve never gone back. I did manage to rescue a puppy on that trip but the people there were just clueless!

    They have this gigantic open market under tents where they sell all kinds of foods and even raw meats like beef and chicken. And all around the outside are these starving dogs and no one pays them any attention. There was one large dog, like a furry Dane, laying in the gutter right next to where a man was selling raw chicken. The dog was so weak he could barely lift his head. I went in and bought some chicken breasts and asked the man if he had anything I could out some water in. “Why?” he asked. I told him about the dog and he had no idea yet he had to walk right past him to get to his stall. I fed him the chicken and the man came out and gave him water but it just left me speechless that he had NO idea before I told him. And then there was a female whose gutt was literally as thick as her spine! I handed her a thigh, she sniffed it, looked at me with the saddest dead eyes and just slowly walked away. (I can still see those eyes as if she’s right in front of me now.) She was TOO STARVED to be able to eat. I can’t imagine she lived much longer.

    It’s bad all over but Mexico is a hell for animals. >:(

    • Sherry Utley Wolfe says:

      How heartbreaking! Your experience is the exact reason I refuse to travel to certain countries. Seeing innocent animals starving would destroy me. I can’t imagine the suffering they are forced to endure. And I can’t comprehend a human capable of such apathy, towards these poor creatures. Thank you for feeding those dear dogs, most likely it was the only kindness they’ll ever experience in their sad lives. I wish I could save them all.

  4. Maria Dales says:

    Update on Amigo is that he is still in the hospital and eating like a horse. He is still very weak and is only allowed short walks every day until his muscles grow stronger. His blood levels are checked regularly to make sure that his red cell count is improving. We cannot do the surgery on his mouth until he is much stronger due to risk of greater infection. Thank you for caring about Amigo–you can watch for updates on our facebook page for German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County.


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