Every dog has a story; some are sadder than others, but Valerie’s abuse and starvation ripped apart the hearts of rescuers who were in charge of transporting the skeletal dog to New York City on Monday. Rescued from BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter), the emaciated dog had been found wandering the streets as a stray.
“It’s a wonder she was standing for these photos as there is nothing to her,” Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC wrote on the organization’s Facebook page introducing Pit Bull Awareness Month. “She’s 24 pounds and just a skeleton. How long did she have before she succumbed to the torture and dropped dead?”
Valerie has been transferred to the rescue organization’s partner emergency veterinarian where the friendly and forgiving pup is receiving life saving treatment.
October has been designated as National Pit Bull Awareness Month; intended to help change the perceptions of the American Pit Bull Terrier and “pit bull type dogs.” It is hoped we can correct false information and help to advocate for these dogs. We are their voice. Check out the photos of Valerie and how her calm disposition in spite of the abuse, neglect and mistreatment she must have endured.
Never again will Valerie have to worry about starving or wandering the streets. This the face of a rescued dog.
Get well soon Valerie. To donate to her care:
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
PO Box 101
New York, NY 10028
Follow the National Pet Rescue on Facebook.
(Photos of skeletal Valerie courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)