Help came too late for Copper

Heartbreaking update – help came too late for Copper

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There is heartbreaking news to share about a neglected, likely abandoned, pit bull dubbed “Copper.” Copper was found alongside an abandoned house in Michigan – though he was rushed to a veterinarian for care, help came too late and he did not survive.


The tragic news was released via social media on Friday morning:

Run free Copper. Thank you to the many who prayed, and to those who donated, and to the rescue who had agreed to take him, and especially to the loving staff at Healthy Paws, who worked feverishly to make this cold boy warm, comfortable, and save his life. Sometimes help comes too late. Run free beautiful boy w copper colored eyes. We loved you, and you mattered.

When animal control first discovered Copper, his mouth was full of dirt, he was so cold that his temperature would not register and he was shaking and non-responsive. Despite his pitiful condition, a spark of light in his eyes prompted his rescuers to work to save his life.


Every effort was made to save this castaway dog’s life – but help came too late.

Run free Copper.

(Photos via Patricia Trevino/Facebook)

22 replies
  1. Marsha Squibb says:

    Ohhh I am so sorry he passed…Thank you Healthy Paws for giving him care love and warmth….He passed knowing some people cared about him…To those who abandoned him..I hope you die a long painful death alone!!!

    • Elli Zamanian says:

      I do too.. they probably left that house and left him behind.. idiot humans think their lives matter more than Copper’s did..

  2. resqdogz says:

    My heart is broken: I was SO praying for a miracle, that this precious soul might survive…
    See you at the Bridge, dear Copper…

  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    Heartbroken, rest in peace Copper, run free at the rainbow bridge. I hope they find who abandoned you like this and some justice is seen.

  4. Darla says:

    Tears flowing for Copper….if only he could have been found sooner. I know the original story said there was discussion as to whether to euthanize him but there seemed to be “fight” left in his eyes so they tried to save him and for that, I say “THANK YOU”! RIP Copper. I’m sorry you suffered; I hope you know you were loved at the end, if just for a short time.

  5. Catherine says:

    I am very upset to read this. R.i.p Copper. His soul is calm and released now. I’m glad he was looked after medically by the vets. He must have known they were helping him. R.i.p

  6. Cherryl Gallo-Trapolsi says:

    I’m deeply saddened…UNDERSTATED. After nearly 30 yrs, millionz of images, stories that could sicken my stomach…STILL, ETC…EVERY 1 LIFE MATTERS & I still get upset at every INDIVIDUAL ‘CASE’ of suffering.
    THANK U 2 ALL who made the effort 2 SAVE this fallen creature

  7. Cathy Rolley says:

    so very sad.Copper you did matter to all of us animal lovers who didn’t know you but loved you anyway.God will take care of you now.You are in a special place where no one will abandon you now.Whoever left you like this to die is an evil coward.They will get what they deserve someday someway somehow.You will not be forgotten by people like me who care.I just wished that you would have been found sooner.The least they could have did was make a phone call to a rescue group from a unlisted number to let them know you were there.But they were too big of cowards to even do that.They will pay someday .Copper you didn’t deserve this.

  8. Star Shelley says:

    Run free Copper, sorry your owners fail you. however at the end you were loved and cared for. I hope those owners have a life of nightmares and have no peace in their heart, mind and soul..

  9. Tonya Dantes says:

    Rest peacefully restored to health in God’s arms now beautiful boy Copper. No one can fail you or hurt you now. Thank you to those for trying. God Bless You.

  10. Brian R. Galbraith says:

    That’s a real shame Copper passed, I was really hoping he made it thru his hard times! R.I.P. Copper, R.I.P.!! May his former owners rot in hell!!!

  11. Patsy says:

    This is so heartbreaking — how can people do this? You have to be EVIL to do this some poor animal. I just don’t understand how you can treat a dog like this — a dog who would do anything they could do to please you. How do you something like this to a creature that only wants to love you? I just don’t understand and I never want to.


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