Less than one week ago, a heartless man drove his pickup truck onto the parking lot at the Bullock County Humane Society, dragged a grievously injured Rottweiler out of the bed of the truck, removed her collar and dumped her. It was in the wee hours of the night that Hope was left to die a slow, torturous death. Fortunately help arrived in the nick of time.
A surveillance video at the Alabama shelter caught the tragic scene, and the man responsible for abandoning the dog has been questioned by the Union Springs Police Department. He has not been charged with any wrongdoing.
So what happened? By the time Hope was found early the next morning, she was already septic from open bite wounds which had been left untreated for at least a week. One of her legs had a severe infection and was swollen to twice its normal size. Either she had been used as a “bait dog” to teach other dogs to fight, or she had been a dog being trained to fight. Nevertheless, Hope didn’t work out for the dog fighters – lucky for her. When rescued, she couldn’t stand or even lift her head. Immediately transferred to the to Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital in Montgomery, veterinarians didn’t even think she would survive.
“First starting, Hope is a fighter. Our vet said she follows them around with her eyes and that she wants to live. We are giving her every possible chance to beat this infection. Earlier today, she received a plasma transfusion. This is meant to boost her ability to fight the infection. Although her white blood cell count only came up marginally, her albumin levels came up considerably. Blood work was also run and thankfully, there are no signs of organ failure from the sepsis. She had X-rays run of her head, neck, heart, lungs, and legs. Nothing is broken thankfully. Her left front leg is the one with the major infection. Once she is stabilized, that leg will have to be amputated- as the infection has literally rotted to her bone. Hope also did something amazing – she ate and drank tonight! If she keeps eating and drinking on her own, it will help a lot.”
Hope continues to make slow progress. The pain is subsiding; she is being treated with laser therapy, and despite the cruelty and pain inflicted upon her, all she wants to be is loved and lavish affection on everyone she meets.
As to the person seen on the video dropping Hope off, he told the Union Springs Police Department he found the dog and dropped her at the shelter to get her help. He stated he took her collar because he wanted to use it, but then threw it away. While Hope may never get any justice, it seems she may be on her way to a new life. Be the voice for those who cannot speak. If you witness animal cruelty, speak up – call the police.
Get well soon Hope. To help Troy Animal Rescue Project with Hope, please click here. (Photos of Rottweiler via Troy Animal Rescue Project)
Check out the surveillance video.